Have you read the book “Quiet” by Susan Cain? When I did, I was stuck by the insight that the introverts and extroverts of an organization have the SAME amount of good ideas, but often the introverts’ ideas are drowned out and suppressed by the extroverts. A professional facilitator in meetings is effective but expensive… so why not embed one into furniture? This Balance Table hopes to subtly encourage more mindfulness by illuminating a constellation of lights in front of the speakers using the most air-time. They glance down, see the balance on the table, and naturally encourage others to contribute.
The Balance table was created for software company SalesForce with collaborators Gensler Architects and a fantastic team from the design firm Tellart.